Footprints on the Moon

Footprints on the Moon

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by Alexandra Siy
     
 

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On July 20, 1969, at 3:16 p.m., Commander Neil Armstrong brought the lunar module, Eagle , to a safe landing on the Moon. Millions of television viewers on Earth watched breathlessly as he then became the first man to set foot on the Moon. This amazing achievement was years, even centuries, in the making. The Moon and the heavens have intrigued mankind since

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On July 20, 1969, at 3:16 p.m., Commander Neil Armstrong brought the lunar module, Eagle , to a safe landing on the Moon. Millions of television viewers on Earth watched breathlessly as he then became the first man to set foot on the Moon. This amazing achievement was years, even centuries, in the making. The Moon and the heavens have intrigued mankind since ancient times. FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON chronicles the spirit and determination of visionaries from Galileo to John F. Kennedy, whose dream of reaching the Moon was finally and superbly realized through the efforts of the Apollo missions.

With a compelling and thoroughly researched text, the great vision of the scientists, engineers, and astronauts who struggled to make the dream a reality is brought into sharp focus. The book brings to light great triumphs and tragedies. Readers will learn about the years of determination, experimentation, and risk that gave rise to many space explorations, including 17 Apollo missions. Today the Moon is less of a mystery than in ancient times, but it is still a wonder.

Breathtaking photographs—many from NASA—portray the indescribable beauty of outer space, the Moon, and the wonder of mankind's inspiring vision.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Footprints on the Moon by Alexandra Siy uses crisp, clear photographs and archival drawings to trace man's early fascination with the celestial sphere (including Stonehenge and Galileo), through to Buzz Aldrin's titular first steps and speculation about other destinations, such as Mars. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk on the moon, or wondered if little green men really do exist? For centuries the moon has been a source of wonder. This bright white ball lights up the night sky and never ceases to amaze us with its forever-changing face and shape. An remarkable collection of photographs along with interesting facts about each attempt to reach the moon's surface are included in this book. Photographs of footprints that our astronauts made as they walked on the moon's surface, the U.S. flag being planted in the lunar soil and what the earth looks like from the moon are just a few of the astounding pictures that fill these pages. 2001, Charlesbridge, $16.95 and $7.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Sharon Tolle
This book is about how humankind has viewed and longed for, the adventure of traveling to the moon and beyond. A comprehensive guide to the past, present, and future human interactions with the moon, it's also a great gift idea for the young astronaut wannabe. 2001, Charlesbridge Publishing, $7.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: M. Thomas SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This outstanding look at our venture to the Moon combines a generous array of full-color photos with lively, if concise, descriptions of the Apollo Program, its predecessors, and the early history of rocketry. A look at the Moon's face in different phases gives way to portraits of Galileo and Robert Goddard's homemade-looking rocket, followed by shots of astronauts posing in and out of their massive spacesuits. Artists' conceptions of futuristic lunar colonies, a composite look at the other planets on our upcoming itinerary, and, finally, a parting view of a dusty, desolate moonscape round out the presentation. Siy binds the illustrations together with summary accounts of several of those long-ago Apollo missions, adding salient details and humorous comments made by the astronauts. Readers with an interest in these dramatic events will welcome the lists of books and Web sites at the end. A wildly exaggerated claim for the magnifying power of Galileo's telescope aside, this title ably captures both the magnitude of the technological achievement, and, even more strongly than Mary Ann Fraser's One Giant Leap (Holt, 1995), that heady feeling of going where none had gone before.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
paper: 1-57091-406-5 In this glossy photo essay, the author briefly recounts the study and exploration of the moon, beginning with Stonehenge and concluding with the 1998—99 unmanned probe, Lunar Prospector. Most of the dramatic photographs come from NASA and will introduce a new generation of space enthusiasts to the past missions of Project Mercury, Gemini, and most especially the moon missions, Apollo 1—17. There are plenty of photographs of various astronauts in space capsules, space suits, and walking on the moon. Sometimes photographs are superimposed one on another, making it difficult to read. For example, one photograph shows the command module Columbia as photographed from the lunar module and an insert shows the 15-layer space suit and gear Neil Armstrong would wear for moonwalking. That's a lot to process on one page. Still, the awesome images of footprints on the moon, raising the American flag, and earthrise from the moon, cannot help but raise shivers. The author concludes with a timeline of exploration, Web sites, recommended books, and picture credits. For NASA memorabilia collectors, end papers show the Apollo space badges for missions 11—17. Useful for replacing aging space titles. (Nonfiction. 8-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606206624
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2001

Meet the Author

Alexandra Siy is the author of several award-winning nonfiction children's books, including SNEEZE!, MOSQUITO BITE, and FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON. She lives in Fuera Bush, New York.

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Footprints on the Moon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kids will love this book because of its clear, exciting, full-color pictures and the well-written text which chronicles the history of our dream to explore the Moon. A lot of interesting facts, like what the little plus signs on Moon photographs were for, make it a fascinating book for readers of all ages. Highly recom